MMW List Server Message

December 5, 2014

Hello Maureen M. Welch Parents,

I hope that you and your family are enjoying the beginning of the holiday season. As a common practice, the staff and I review our programs and procedures to constantly identify areas in which we can improve to provide a better and more enjoyable school experience for the children at MMW. Recently, we made revisions to our Positive Behavior Support Plan (C.A.R.E.S.). These changes were minor, but they reflect our desire to increase our recognition of children who are making good choices and worthy of receiving a C.A.R.E.S. coin.

The coins will be given to children when a staff member observes a student “exceeding and/or demonstrating personal growth with regard to C.A.R.E.S. expectations.” This may look a bit different in kindergarten and first grade where there is a greater need to teach expected behaviors. We believe that when a coin is given to a student, it is important that he/she understands what was done and what decision was made to earn the coin. This is the only way that the desired behavior will be reinforced and repeated. Reinforcement is enhanced when there is praise at home, as well. To meet these goals, staff members will now complete a C.A.R.E.S. Coin Card to give to the student after a coin is distributed. Moving forward, coins will no longer go home to then be returned to school. Instead, a C.A.R.E.S. Coin Card can be brought home to stay and be proudly displayed!

In addition, when a student receives a C.A.R.E.S. coin, he/she will fill out a slip of paper with their name and homeroom teacher. At the end of each month, five random names will be selected from students who earned coins in that time. These students will have their name announced, will be acknowledged in the school list server message, and will have “Pretzel Party” on a Friday morning with me.

Again, the purpose of these revisions is to make sure that the staff and I take time to acknowledge positive choices by the children instead of simply negative choices. We also feel that opportunities for praise at home from families will provide a positive experience for children and help reinforce desired behaviors.


Fire Drill

On Monday, we conducted our monthly fire drill at MMW. However, it didn’t quite go as planned. When the alarm was activated, the sound was not very audible to all classrooms. This unfortunate situation actually turned into an opportunity. The staff and students alerted one another that there was a drill, and the students and staff exited the building in their normal safe and quick manner. Afterwards, I spoke with the children about the possibility that emergency situations may not go as we plan and rehearse despite our best efforts to practice. Making good and safe choices while following directions will be our best strategy. It showed on this day, and I was extremely proud of the students. Please know that we quickly identified the problem. The alarm system was modified last month and not correctly adjusted. But we had a team out to fix the alarm system and everything is once again functioning effectively.

Council Rock Education Foundation Teacher/Staff Recognition Program

The CREF Teacher/Staff Recognition Program provides a unique and meaningful way to thank and recognize a teacher or staff member this holiday season. With a tax-deductible gift to the Education Foundation, you can designate the teacher(s)/staff member(s) you wish to recognize and a beautiful, student designed card will be sent to each staff member acknowledging your gift and appreciation for their efforts. To learn more about this program, download a form or donate online, visit the Foundation website here or pick up a form in any Council Rock school during the month of December. All donations are tax-deductible and are invested back into Council Rock classrooms to support innovative educational programs for our students!

Pretzel Sale

Our next pretzel sale will be today, Friday, November 21st. Pretzels will be available for sale before school at the bus circle and car rider entrance. Pretzels cost $.50 each.

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, December 11th – Winter Concert, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 19th - PTO Pretzel Sale
  • Tuesday, December 23rd – Last Day of School before Winter Break
  • Monday, January 5th – First Day of School after Winter Break
  • Friday, January 16th – PTO Mother Daughter Event
  • Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King Holiday – No School
  • Wednesday, January 21st – Science Fair

For the Advanced Planners: 2015 PSSA Testing Dates

English Language Arts Assessments, April 13th-17th for grades 3-6

Mathematics Assessments, April 20th-24th for grades 3-6

Science Assessments, April 27th-May 1st for grade 4

Maureen M. Welch E-Friday Folder

Here are the latest flyers on our school's E-Friday Folder:

Holiday Letter to Parents 2014

Previous flyers:

The Giving Tree - 2014

It was great to see so many parents during conferences last week and our book fair this week. It demonstrates support for our programs at school, and the staff and I greatly appreciate it. Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Joe MacClay